Our Board of Trustees
All We Can is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed for a period of six years and approved by Methodist Council.
The Board has responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation and has ultimate responsibility in law for its assets and activities. Trustees meet quarterly and also provide ongoing guidance and support to the staff team.
Board of Trustees
Louise Brooke-Smith OBE (Chair)
“My goal is to support All We Can and reinforce successful existing partnerships which help to alleviate poverty and address inequality in all its manifestations.”
Louise is Director of a Chartered Surveying and Town Planning Consultancy, based in Birmingham UK, and works across the country and overseas. She is the past Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the built environment sector for over 30 years. She has grass-roots experience of working with various aid agencies and the UN and has a specific interest in disaster resilience policy and housing improvement schemes. She is a frequent speaker on land use planning and diversity issues around the world. In 2019, Louise was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for her contributions to the land, planning, property and construction industries.
Richard Vautrey (Vice-Chair)
“I have a longstanding interest in, and commitment to, supporting the most vulnerable people and communities around the world and believe it a privilege to be able to do this through the work of All We Can.”
Dr Richard Vautrey is a GP in a practice in Leeds. He is also the chair of the BMA GP committee in England and chair of GPC UK. He was elected to these roles in 2017 after having been a member of the GPC executive and negotiating team since 2004. In addition, he is a nationally elected member of BMA Council and the assistant secretary of Leeds Local Medical Committee.
He was vice president of the Methodist Conference in 2009/10. He is a local preacher in the Leeds North and East circuit and a church steward at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church.
He became a trustee for All We Can in 2015 and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Richard is part of the Governance Committee.
“My motivation to be a trustee is driven by my faith, and my desire to use what skills I have to help others.”
Claire currently works in strategic project management, communications and engagement, for a number of organisations in the not-for-profit sector. She has over 20 years experience in public relations and communications, mainly in voluntary organisations in the UK, but also with overseas development charities. Claire is part of the Public Engagement Committee.
Christy-Anna is currently working as Executive Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions. She has recently graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Sociology and Anthropology.
Christy Anna was previously the Youth President of The Methodist Church in 2011. She was also the Chair of the Youth and Young Adult Committee for the World Methodist Council for 5 years. She currently is part of the Public Engagement Committee.
“I became a Trustee of All We Can because I wanted to use my experience and have a positive impact on people’s lives. I believe it is important to understand the reality of how people live and find ways to support their livelihoods whilst respecting their cultural traditions. I’ve always been amazed by the grace with which ordinary people often face the most horrendous situations and find strength and resilience they never knew they had – I believe that if we give them just a little help they can make their lives and their communities extraordinary.”
Phil currently works as an independent financial management consultant to small charities and performs grant audits for a range of international donors, primarily in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This builds on his background as a qualified accountant, working in international companies for many years before moving into the charity sector. He has worked at country level, in regional and head office finance roles for several international charities including Merlin, Concern Worldwide, Mercy Corps and the Malaria Consortium. Phil is part of the Finance and Audit Committee.
“Having lived and worked in Asia and Africa, I wanted to find a role that would enable me to make a difference in these places. I was impressed with All We Can’s partnership approach to delivering emergency assistance and long term development and also the quality of leadership.”
Warren is Chief Executive of an insurance broking firm specialising in placing difficult to insure risks. He has spent the majority of his career working for the same company leading their regulated financial services businesses in the UK, Scandinavia and most recently Asia. Warren is part of the Public Engagement Committee.
“I am incredibly excited to be in this role with All We Can. I spent a portion of my childhood growing up in South America and Bangladesh. I have also undertaken voluntary work in Malawi. These experiences are what drew me to All We Can and to becoming a Trustee for this fantastic organisation.”
Jennifer’s career has focused on Risk and Regulation within the financial services sector. She spends her working days looking to understand what regulatory changes are taking place and the impact of them on different financial industries. She is a Chartered Accountant by trade, with over 14 years of experience in the Insurance and Banking industries. Jennifer is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.
“It’s a privilege to be a trustee for All We Can, to be able to support great partnership work around the globe with grassroots organisations that are making a real difference in their communities.”
Hanna is a programme manager at the Equality & Justice Alliance, a programme reforming laws around the globe which discriminate based on sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Her background is in international development with focus on governance reform and gender equality, with experience in the civil society sector and the UN system. Hanna is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.
“I believe in the power of people – All We Can invests in people around the world, over the long term and to create lasting change. I love creative challenges and believe the right people can solve any problem – I love facilitating experts, passionate creatives and strategic thinkers as a collective force.”
Kit is Director of Innovation at strategy, creative and events agency Massive Ltd, focusing on fundraising and marketing challenges in the third sector.
He has worked in innovation, fundraising and marketing in some of the biggest charities in the UK, including leading the Product Development team at Cancer Research UK and most recently as Head of Innovation for Save the Children. Kit is part of the Public Engagement Committee.
“I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the partnership approach adopted by All We Can really makes a difference to people living in some of the poorest communities in the world. It’s a real privilege to be an All We Can Trustee and put my faith into action by sharing some of my experience”
Rob Mahoney is a retired Chartered Surveyor and a former Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He specialised in Geospatial Technology and was at the forefront of developments in his field. Rob has provided advice to governments and the utility sector on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Registration. He currently chairs the Standards Committee for the International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS). Rob is part of the Governance Committee.
“I am passionate about making the world a better place and I believe this can be done through change in individuals and local communities. I love how All We Can encourages others to join in their life-changing work which makes the world a better place.”
Natalie is a Learning and Development Consultant and Practitioner. She specialises in enabling, encouraging and equipping individuals and organisations to flourish within the not-for-profit sector. Throughout her career, she has worked locally, regionally and nationally for churches and charities. This includes The Leprosy Mission and The Methodist Church. Natalie is part of the Public Engagement Committee.
Revd David Nixon
“I thoroughly enjoyed my development work in Zambia, saw the importance of it and it has given me the motivation to support development wherever I can.”
David is currently Superintendent of the South East Leinster Circuit in the Methodist Church in Ireland. He has been a minister in the Methodist Church for the past 24 years and served as a Mission Partner in Zambia for 13 of those years where he set up a skills training centre. David is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.
“I have joined All We Can as a trustee as it is an opportunity to use my professional skills to support a faith based charity working in international development, two things I am passionate about.”
Geoff is Chief Finance Officer for the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, which ìs the charity that administers the work of the Church of England in West Yorkshire and the Dales. He is a Chartered Accountant having trained with PwC and subsequently worked for the government body running down the nationalised banks Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock. Geoff is part of the Finance and Audit Committee.
“As a mission partner in Sri Lanka some years ago I was both inspired and challenged as to how we can work to make the world a fairer place, and through All We Can I hope to continue to work this out.”
Stephen is the District Superintendent of the North Western district of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Previously he worked for the British Methodist Church at Cliff College, as Director of Research and latterly as Director of Global Relationships. Stephen is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.
“I love the way All We Can forms effective long term partnerships which make a real, sustainable difference to people’s lives in developing countries.”
Chris is an independent management consultant and experienced trustee, working across the banking, international development and heritage sectors. He has over 30 years experience as a management consultant and as a director in a global technology company and is also a Chartered Accountant. Chris enjoys being part of his local Anglican and Methodist church in Kent. Chris is part of the Programmes and Partnership Committee.
“My motivation is to apply my wide-ranging skills and experience to make a real difference where it matters most, helping All We Can to realise its vision: a world where every person’s potential fulfilled.”
Rob is a strategic advisor to international leaders in weather and climate science and services, currently working with the UN World Meteorological Organisation and the national weather services of Australia, Switzerland and Hong Kong. As a professional meteorologist, Rob served as Chief Executive of the Met Office, 2014-18, and First Vice-president of the UN World Meteorological Organisation. Rob is part of the Governance Committee.